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What I will not write about today


frustrated15Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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Registered Republican since 1947: "It is quite obvious that my fellow Republicans still do not get the message."


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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "New leader urges GOP to leave 'comfort zone,'" March 4

Jim Brulte, the new chairman of the California Republican Party, urges members to leave their "comfort zone."

Republicans need to resonate with the rapidly changing population of this state, and yet the party chose as chairman a white male conservative from Rancho Cucamonga. As a registered Republican since 1947, I was taken aback by this irony.

It is quite obvious that my fellow Republicans still do not get the message. Perhaps they should review the demise of the Whig Party and the rise of the Republican Party.

Raymond Rodriguez

Long Beach


Brulte says, "The first principle of conservatism is you live within your means." For the GOP, it sounds more like, "Do as I say, not as I do."

It appears that friends are coming to the rescue of California's Republican Party. One of Brulte's first acts as chairman was to deliver a check for $50,000 from a friend, while promising that another was on the way. No doubt this "friend" has no problem living within his means.

I will write a check to Brulte for $5 if he will meet me in public to explain why I should vote for the GOP.

Manuel Carrillo



Brulte attempts to restore GOP credibility by reiterating that "the first principle of conservatism is you live within your means." He meant "financial means."

Conspicuously missing was living within the means of nature to replenish the natural resources we are voraciously consuming. Showing respect for coming generations with financial conservatism is admirable, but leaving them with an environmental mess is the opposite of respect.

The GOP has to stop using "green" as an expletive if it is going to leave its comfort zone.

David Perlman

Laguna Beach


Good news: Energy use falls even though homes have gotten larger


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Whaddya know, a good news story! They're rare these days, so consider this an early New Year's gift. Or loan. Or momentary indulgence.

The L.A. Times is reporting that even though homes are getting larger and larger, household energy use is getting smaller and smaller. At least that's what government stats are showing, and that's good enough for me:

The reason: energy features built into newer homes. New houses are better insulated, so they use less energy to heat and cool. The appliances are more efficient, and people living in even the biggest houses tend to be more aware of the environment and energy waste.

Improvements in the efficiency of the building envelope, space heating, air conditioning, refrigerators and other appliances have all led to decreased consumption per household, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Specifically, double- or triple-pane energy-efficient windows have been a factor, as have have Energy Star refrigerators and Energy Star clothes washers. So have caulking and weatherstripping to seal cracks and air leaks, better insulation, and energy-efficient compact fluorescent or light-emitting diode lights.

Keep up the good work, America, conservation works... no matter what the GOP tries to sell/tell you.



VIDEO: Mitt Romney Would Knock the Wind Out of Iowa's Economy


Tell a friend... in Iowa.


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Here in Iowa, we're number one in wind energy jobs. But thousands of those jobs could be at risk.

That's why everyone from President Obama to Governor Branstad, and both Iowa Senators, support extending the wind energy tax credit.

But not Mitt Romney. He'd raise taxes on wind energy, protecting tax breaks for oil companies and millionaires instead. Romney would jeopardize thousands of jobs and knock the wind out of Iowa's economy.


President Obama fast-tracks federal wind, solar energy projects


Once and for all, President Obama does not set gas prices, so stop blaming him every time they rise, GOP (of course, when they fall, he gets no credit). But a president can certainly do everything he or she can to get this country weaned off of a finite source of dirty energy like oil or coal.

The Hill:

President Obama is fast-tracking seven federal wind and solar projects as the administration touts its energy policies amid GOP criticism over green investments and rising gas prices.

The projects in Arizona, California, Nevada and Wyoming will produce 5,000 megawatts of power, enough to run 1.5 million homes, the White House said in a statement announcing the decision. [...]

On Monday, Interior and the Department of Defense inked a deal to integrate wind, solar and other green energy technologies with military bases to keep power running during disruptions to the commercial electric grid.

See how clean energy ties into national security? And breathing? And keeping us alive?

In addition to correcting the GOP for blaming the president for rising gas prices, I take pleasure in reporting the debunking of yet another Republican lie, Solyndra:

Republicans have also charged that Obama’s support for green energy often rewards prominent political donors. 

An extensive House GOP report into the administration’s loan guarantee for now-bankrupt firm Solyndra released last week, however, did not find specific evidence to back Republican claims that the Energy Department provided help to the solar panel maker as payback for campaign contributions.

Of course, the Republican message machine has already done its damage whether or not the record had been corrected, and that's just the way they want it.


VIDEO: "If you can take the wind and make jobs, what better thing can you do?"


You'll never see an ad like this from Willard M. Romney.

Are you in?

President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy is making America more energy independent by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and investing in renewable energy. President Obama's policies have benefited small businesses like Heron Wind Manufacturing.

Steve Smiley, president and CEO of Heron Wind, wants to do good work that improves society. Wind-generated electricity has doubled since President Obama took office. But as Steve says, it needs to continue:

"There are unlimited renewable resources and the technology is ready. We just need good policy. And that's why it's really critical we have leaders like President Obama who are going to broadly support new and better policies."

Check out the video then say you're in:


Video- Fox's Carlson Asks If Obama Touting Green Energy Record To Voters "Sound[s] A Bit Desperate"


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